Our Love Affair With God

December 31, 2014

love.jpg
We don't realize that we have a great need
to feel loved by God, and to love Him.
This need is sublimated in romantic love
which is a form of idolatry.









by Henry Makow Ph.D

(from Nov 27, 2009)

While making a spaghetti sauce, I put on a collection of old Paul Anka hits.

Listening to the lyrics, it struck me: If you imagine the love object is God, instead of some empty headed girl with regular features, there's little difference between popular love songs and religious hymns, prayers and chants.

We are all pilgrims and God (Love) is our Mecca.

I don't have to tell you that 97 per cent of all popular songs are love songs. A visitor from another planet would conclude that our religion is romantic love.

But instead of recognizing the real object of our desire, we have fixated on the opposite sex, whom we mystify and idealize to reflect our true sublimated desire.

I am not a Jungian, but I agree with Carl Jung's statement: "If you take away God, man will invent a thousand false ones."

They have taken away God. You can't mention the word in polite company. As if,
given the magnificence of the universe and the complexity of the natural world, the concept of a Creator and a Design is so outlandish that it must be banned.

The people who want to replace God (with themselves) are responsible for our inability to mention or imagine God when it is so simple.

God is synonymous with our spiritual ideals and desires: truth, beauty, love, peace, bliss, justice and harmony.  So don't blame God for letting bad things happen to good people. Bad people are responsible, the same people who abolished God.

We are God's agents. If we don't bring about his Kingdom, it won't happen. Eventually, we'll all become extinct.


GETTING BACK TO LOVE SONGS
 

Next time you hear a love song, imagine it's about God. You will be surprised how well it fits.

Anka1.jpg"I love you with all my heart, we'll never part, please stay with me...(God)."

"I'm so alone. All I want is somebody to love"

"Show me, you love me too."

"I'm so lonely; I'm so blue, now that you're gone."


These lyrics remind me of Christian, Muslim and Hindu mystics pining away for Divine Grace. 

We're religious zealots, just like them. All that's missing are the white robes. We don't pray five times a day. We listen to these prayers 50-100 times a day.

But we've taken a wrong turn. Instead of recognizing the true object of our desire, we have glommed on to the opposite sex. We are looking for a person to play the role of God.

Frankly, we've been misdirected. (Think who runs the music and movie business.)  And, of course, lust is a confounding factor ...

CONCLUSION

If we could just begin with the knowledge that God loves us, then we wouldn't have this desperate misguided need "for love" expressed in love songs.
"God loves you very much (your name here.)" And you love God for the precious gift of life.  For the miracle of Creation.

We're never alone. God is our constant companion, a warm, glowing love at the center of our being. Our primary relationship is with Him.

 
 





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Comments for "Our Love Affair With God"

Rosie said (January 18, 2015):

Thank you so much for this article. I realized years ago that a person can end up killing themselves by dedicating songs to mere human beings about things that only God can be to us.

A perfect example is a song by Mariah Carey that says, "I can't live, if living is without you."

After that person does leave and we play that song over and over again, we feel empty and hopeless.

But, if we sung that same song to God, it makes us feel strong, hopeful, and empowered to continue. Because with God, it is true.


Allenby said (January 2, 2015):

This one is serious stuff. While listening to Paul Anka, and many more. In ‘My home town’ he sings:


The music came from within my heart,

How did it happen, how did it start..

I only know that I fell in love…


I noticed it’s the only song that does not explicitly refer to the loved one. How strange!

Actually perceiving our relationship with God as love is what the mystics do, like St John of the Cross etc.


Sallyanne said (January 2, 2015):

Very well expressed, Henry. I too, have done what you did - felt the songs as devotion to God instead of man, and came to the same realization.


Neoconsnailed said (January 1, 2015):

Churchianity teaches affection and calls it love, and people (especially fundamentalists) just go along with it. They think that loving God means being very, very, very fond of him rather than carrying out his commandments and building his kingdom on Earth in earnest. Concomitantly, people think of God's love in terms of him being very, very, very nice because he gives them a very, very, very pleasant feeling -- a pink marshmallow in the sky, not a just God at war with everything indecent and improper.

People are morally useless now, but no less convinced they're in tune with the true Gospel. They don't teach their children morals, history or doctrine, so they're all falling away like crazy -- but parents (should one say grandparents?) are either clueless or indifferent of it. The churchgoers still think they've got it all together because it's what happens in the next life that matters.

Their preacher told them so, and speaking smooth things is precisely what he's paid to do! "I'll fly awaaaay, O Lordy......."


Norman said (January 1, 2015):

Exactly. And this is the meaning of Exodus 20:2-3,
2 “I am Yahweh your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 “You shall have no other gods before Me."


SA said (January 1, 2015):

It's been now about 7 years that I have placed God as my true love. Every year it gets stronger and more intense. Every year it gets more personal, at times very very emotional...to realize that THE ALMIGHTY, King of Kings is there by my side at every single second.

In Islam, God has 99 names/attributes. These attributes have helped my become closer with my Maker and has made me mindful of all the things happening around me. The best thing that had ever happened to me is to love God and to realize that he has special plans for those who love him and admit their shortcomings and aspire to become better humans until that fateful moment where God chooses to take us to him.

I'll close with this narration from Islamic traditions:

“When the people of Paradise enter Paradise, Allah – may He be blessed and exalted – will say: ‘Do you want anything more?’ They will say: Have You not made our faces bright? Have You not admitted us to Paradise and saved us from Hell?’ Then the veil will be removed and they will not be given anything more beloved to them than looking at their Lord, may He be glorified and exalted.”


SS said (January 1, 2015):

I thought of the following verse from the Qur'an when reading your latest article:

Then seest thou such a one as takes as his god his own vain desire? God has, knowing (him as such), left him astray, and sealed his hearing and his heart (and understanding), and put a cover on his sight. Who, then, will guide him after God (has withdrawn Guidance)? Will ye not then receive admonition?

And they say: "What is there but our life in this world? We shall die and we live, and nothing but time can destroy us." But of that they have no knowledge: they merely conjecture. [Qur'an 45:23-24]


`Malak said (January 1, 2015):

Good one Henry. It amazes me, the timeliness of your messages. I am these days overcome by the tenderness of Allah's love for his creation, and like C below, can't help my tears. A glimpse of a bird, or a petal can set off rushing feelings of gratitude and awe. His patience, his repeating forgiveness, mercy and tender, loving care overwhelms me more and more.

Over the years, I have worshiped The Sound of Music, Biggie, Floyd, Zeppelin, Sinatra, et al., and have crooned along to countless hours of their and countless others' songs. These echoing words had formed a good part of my psyche. One sunny day, it struck me that were I to write down the lyrics of all the popular songs I've memorized in my 41 years, end-to-end, it would fill a book perhaps as large as the Quran itself. It is then, as a speaker of Arabic, that I was filled with utter shame - and later, fear.

In the last few years, I've undertaken a piecemeal memorization of the Glorious book. What I thought would be an ordeal has come almost effortlessly, and these sessions are now filled with joy. Today, I can't count the times that, finding myself in some life situation, an apt verse from the Quran would beautifully materialize and help me reflect, digest.

From nostalgia, a few times a year I break out my albums and (with more lyrical discretion,) I have a truly fantastic jam session - as I did 3 days ago. It quenches my momentary thirst, gives me a broad smile, and then inevitably, I go back to the serene scripture. It took discipline at first, but recently, being drawn by love, it is becoming a craving! I have not shown enough love to Allah or my fellow creatures, and vow to do so this year, with his help. Merry Christmas to all my Christian friends, peace and blessings on Jesus Christ, and happy New Year to all.

A good exposition on the Quran by Cambridge Professor, Sheikh Timothy Winter: http://www.unomoja.com/?v=acE2IlTmM-w


Coyote said (January 1, 2015):

I'm practicing-practicing-practicing and working 24/7, my "energy" to the prayer. Been a very "enlightening" experience alright. GOD IS ALIVE AND VERY VERY REAL. This indeed I do know for a fact now and,

Infinite Father I thank Thee that Thou hearest my prayer, I thank Thee that Thou hearest me always, I thank Thee that Thou hast already given me all that my heart can wish for, all that my life may need, for the time that is and the eternity that is to be, and now with supreme joy and unspeakable thanksgiving I come to Thee to receive Thy gifts and receive from Thy loving hands the divine blessings that Thou hast from all eternity treasured for me.


Len said (January 1, 2015):

Great article, Henry. Whether one takes the story of Genesis chapter 3 as quite literal or as a metaphor: I have felt for some time now that Satan, the deceiver, the serpent, deceived and seduced Eve *first* KNOWING that

1) she was more vulnerable to emotions & desire, - and thus more readily deceived than Adam, and

2) Satan knew that if he could deceive Eve into a willful disobedience, he would have extra leverage with enticing Adam through his love-partner who (as it turns out) becomes the idol that leads the entire human race into not only betraying GOD, but coming under the dominion of Satan, the adversary of GOD and His Moral Authority.

Women were created to be a blessing and a helpmate to Man. She was NEVER to be an idol or "goddess" replacing GOD, THE CREATOR as having primary love and primary allegiance.


Greg said (January 1, 2015):

With reference to EJ, the reason we refer to God as a male presence is because God is considered an active force in the universe, that creates. A goddess is the opposite and is a receptive vehicle for the action of God. Jesus himself is considered "Lord of lords and king of kings." Jesus even said, "Be not many masters." So there is an inherent recognition of many different gods, goddesses, lords, and masters in the universe, and they are all in hierarchy inferior to God the Creator.


There are many religions with many spirits and many gods and goddesses. When a person practices the religion of choice, there is no guarantee what type of spirit(s) they will allow to enter them. With God, there is only one recognized spirit, the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, "The Holy Spirit, He will teach you all things." The reason Christianity is a logical belief system is because you deal with only one spirit and you know who that spirit is. In order to effectively have a relationship with God, it has to be more than just a yearning. A person has to ask and be willing to be filled with the Holy Spirit so that the person can learn to have a relationship with God. The Holy Spirit is a promise.


PS. A shout out to Thomas Carter for citing Media Exploitation. The book is even more pertinent now that it ever was.


Chyrs said (January 1, 2015):

henry, thank you or Our Love Affair With God....one of my favorites is a
an old song by Ray Noble...with one significant change:

God is the sweetest thing
WHAT ELSE ON EARTH COULD EVER BRING
SUCH HAPPINESS TO EVERYTHING
as God's love story

God is the strangest thing
no song or bird upon the wing
shall in our hearts more sweetly sing
than God's love story

whatever hearts may desire
whatever life may send
His is the tale that never will tire
His is the song without end

God is the strongest thing
the oldest, yet the latest thing
i only hope that fate may bring
God's story to you

God is the sweetest thing


Magda said (January 1, 2015):

Loved you post and am in agreement regarding the distractions that serve as imposter Gods in our life. Excessive focus on the material is a tool of enslavement by our puppet masters in their bid to become our Gods and entertain us to death. The truth is our potential if properly understood is far beyond the material and these worldly elements we seek are not much needed.
Here is an video from the Islamic perspective on these issues.

Never lose Hope: People of the Hereafter:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUlbcXoKZVA


Anthony Migchels said (December 31, 2014):

That's a great article! Totally spot on, I never realized it. But indeed, if you think of Rumi, he could have made a fortune today, just by claiming his poems were about his gal.

In recent years I have grown closer to God's Spirit, which pervades creation. And when you start to see how the material Universe springs from Him and that He is indeed the Source of the ten thousand things (as Lao Tse called the world), you can't help but laugh at the silliness of His children, worshipping His creations, instead of the Creator.

But, women love bling and men love women. Hence: Babylon.


Magda said (December 29, 2014):

Loved you post and am in agreement regarding the distractions that serve as imposter Gods in our life. Excessive focus on the material is a tool of enslavement by our puppet masters in their bid to become our Gods and entertain us to death. The truth is our potential if properly understood is far beyond the material and these worldly elements we seek are not much needed.
Here is an video from the Islamic perspective on these issues.

Never lose Hope: People of the Hereafter:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUlbcXoKZVA


Thomas Carter said (December 28, 2014):

I had a book called Media Exploitation (1977) written by a Brian Key a colleague of Marshall Mcluhan. Brian Key also testified against the band Judas Priest regarding subliminal messages in their music which, allegedly, lead to the suicide death of two teenagers.

Chapter 8 (pg 117) is entitled subliminal rock and deals with specifically with Paul Anka on pages 128 and 129 (copied below.)

Book is online here
http://www.scribd.com/doc/25190176/Wilson-Bryan-Key-Media-Sexploitation#scribd

"Mommy's Many Pseudonyms
Paul Anka's first recording, "Diana," sold in excess of 8 1/2 mil-lion copies—the third largest-selling single record of all time.A national publicity campaign was launched over the enigma of Diana's identity. Several girl vocalists and actresses of the early 1960s were considered as fantasy possibilities in public-ity releases. Like most publicity department fantasies, how-ever, these were simply nonsense—designed only to milk thathigh discretionary income from the pockets of teen-ager'sparents.Paul Anka, serving the Oedipal conflicts of North Ameri-can teen-agers, serenaded his symbolic mother:"

I'm so young and you're so old
This my darling I've been told
I don't care just what they say'
Cause forever I will pray
You and I will be as free
As the birds up in the trees
Oh please stay by me, Diana*


Steve said (December 28, 2014):

Excellent article!

What "empty headed" female could empower me with the faith, wisdom and peace we need every day simply to survive let alone build a positive family life! We need the Great God and Creator!

I was only today thinking after washing my face (after waking and then looking in the mirror) how my very complex life and its food maintenance totally refutes evolution and cries out that a Creator exists, that He designed me and that I need to relate to Him more than any other person or thing in my life.


C said (March 2, 2010):

I just finished reading your article, "Our Love Affair With God." I realize that was written a while ago, but I just discovered it. I was somewhat surprised to read it, I thought you didn't like Christians much. I was,
glad I was wrong. I read your articles all the time and enjoy them very much. I discovered you through Rense, a site I visit daily. Anyway, my comment on your article: Yesterday, (Sun) I did not make time to pray, my day, my morning was busy, I wanted to get dressed and start my errands. This morning, (after prayer) I was just
ready to get into the shower, when God burst through my mind with the beautiful words from Unchained Melody:

Oh my love, my darling, I hunger for your touch
a long, lonely time. Time goes by so slowly, and
time can do so much. Are you still mine?

Even as I write this, tears are flooding down my face. I could not stop crying. Abba, Father, Abba, Abba I LOVE YOU!!!!


Julian Lee said (November 29, 2009):

I liked your article about the love songs. I've often thought the same thing.
Sometimes I pretend the singer is singing to God and it's perfect. It becomes a
wonderful devotional song. You mentioned how "you can't mention the word [God] in polite company."
That's probably starting to become true. In this recent video I confront a crowd gathering to go into a movie theatre for a "Portland Amateur Porn Festival." I sang them a song I composed for the occasion having the word "God" in the early start. As soon as the crowd hears the word they laugh:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX3O5sCrnqc

Your expressions of faith are very helpful.


Julian Lee said (November 29, 2009):

To Ray [below] who said "God is good, religion is not. Let's not confuse the two." How 'bout, let's not be confused and forget the deep connection between the two.

A modern fad is to imagine them as dichotomous. But the connection is deep. An individual (Christ, Mohammed) has a profound experiences with God and that's what founds religions. The religion survives to show the way others can have that same knowledge. Religion is the map back to God, the seed carrier or husk that carries the seed of spiritual knowledge, and the directions to it. All of the great saints who felt they had a direct experience with God attained that by being part of a religion and following a religious discipline. One example is religions teaching moral self-control.

The mystics attest that their blissful God experiences were made possible partly by moral self-control. Religions have priceless value even if all they do is keep alive the mere idea and memory of God. People who try to separate God from religion are, to me, shallow and usually have some negative experiences that have made them neurotic and unable to see religion objectively.

Attacking religion only further separates the majority of people from the possibility of having the highest divine experiences of saints. Both God and religion are good. It would actually be more valid to say that religion is better than God. Most people don't really feel much "connection" to God, and He is unimaginable and abstract in his higher aspect.

But religion, by contrast, is God translated down to human terms and is easily accessible. Discover your church. Discover your saints. Discover the truth about religion and the vaster, more authentic history of the churches. It's not what you see on T.V., but in the words of their saints. And as Henry said, you can learn about their experiences by listing to the lyrics of love songs. It's the religions that keep alive the idea of the superiority of divine love over unreliable human love.


EJ said (November 28, 2009):

You said:

>>God is synonymous with our spiritual ideals and desires: truth, beauty, love, peace, bliss, justice and harmony>>

I say those ideals were around a long time before people recently made up this god character, especially the male, off planet one. For hundreds of generations prior to that take over by the male church state, "god" was not around. For the majority of tribal cultures and others a "goddess" or prime creator idea was there. It was a simple thing of appreciating sentience and seeking a channel to express that gratitude. It was NOT a rigid formula of rules and regulations seeking some sort of salvation from a scary, vengeful, murdering god.

As any thinking person knows, the mythical, biblical Jesus did not exist and that story was 1000 years old when Constantine made it up. Millions of people have seen UFO's with photos to prove it and no one has seen these god or Jesus characters. We most certainly can depend on the so-called "Holy Book" that took 900 years to put together.

God was made up by man to control spiritual expression. Religion is the business of spirituality.

>>We are God's agents. If we don't bring about his Kingdom, it won't happen. Eventually, we'll all become extinct. >>

That is ridiculous logic. We are our own agents. And why is god always a "he" and not just a thing or being? And us going extinct has nothing to do with religion and more to do with cycles. Cremo and Johnson in the their magnificent work: Forbidden Archeology exposed "man made" objects from around the world from 50 to 200 MILLION years old...explain that when the belief is we are about 10,000 years old.

It is arrogant to talk in that manner about us Henry. Weak people believe in god because they avoid self responsibility. Strong people are spiritual in their daily lives without and rule books and simply good intention.

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Ray said (November 28, 2009):

God is good, religion is not. Let's not confuse the two. That’s how wars are started and people with different views are tortured and killed. Religion is man worshipping his own concept of God.

Ecstatic, " spiritual" highs can be found in many religions. Just because someone finally settles on Christianity or Buddhism etc. and finds that sense of peace they lacked in other religious experiments does not mean their religion is the "one true faith". Many people come to find evangelical Christianity to be extremely stifling and counter to emotional health and leave it without regret. After all it has only been around 500 years why should something Luther and Calvin started be the "one true way". Early apostolic Christianity was very different and rather diverse. Further, the record of its precursor, Roman Catholicism from 350 AD until about 1800 AD with its millions of murder and torture victims is likewise enough to turn people away from those who preach organized Christianity as the one true way.

Therefore, the true God is not bound by religion, but rather, exists apart from man's recent or ancient attempts to define him a particular way using particular dogmas. Christianity itself was a very diverse set of beliefs (often contradicting each other) until Constantine essentially developed Christianity as we know it. Regarding the existence of evil, you lay it all at mans feet, however, consider that if God is all-powerful and all-loving he might not allow us to murder, torture and rape each other. Would you sit by and watch a child raped if you had a .45 auto in your hand? No, because you would love the child enough to stop the rape. Yet, God allows such atrocities daily. I am not saying he is not loving; I am saying that His nature and ultimate purposes are somewhat beyond our comprehension. Maybe these reasons will be explained in the after-life.

The Love of the opposite sex can indeed be very self-destructive if we replace God with the man/woman. They were meant to be loved but not deified. Right on to that sentiment. Yet intense romantic love is a natural experience that is designed to perpetuate the species. If sex with our mate was as bland as eating cold grits without butter we wouldn't do it often! =-) The problem is, pornographers like Hefner have led men to expect and demand anatomically perfect women rather than loving and desiring the ones we have. There simply are not enough perfect specimens to go around! Thus porn is extremely deleterious to our development and health. The ability to feel erotic attraction and deep affection for a very average mate is a nice thing albeit a rarity these days.

In my life the law of love seems to have emerged as the ultimate truth. Anything contrary to love including religious bigotry, porn, abuse, torture and wars of aggression (Iraq, Afghanistan etc) is to be avoided and denounced like the plague.


Anon said (November 27, 2009):

Been doing that for years. It's a wonderful feeling, singing along in the vehicle putting God in the song and thinking God might accept it in the way I believe ( but know it's not so ) sounds like I'm delivering it. It gets beautifully emotional. Needless to say it is only God and I in the vehicle. Shouldn't say only.

Nice to see it being written.

Keep up the Good Work!


Jeffrey said (November 27, 2009):

What you say is true, and if you take any popular song from the last sixty years or so and replace "baby" or "girl," "you," "woman," etc. with Jesus, God, Allah etc. you will have spiritual music.

Frank Zappa was more cynical but just as spot on when he said (and I'm paraphrasing, it's in his book) that if people acted on all the love songs heard daily in our culture we would all love each other and conflict would be minimal, maybe even non-existent. Has it ever been like that? Of course not.

Even more cynically, he suggested that love songs were responsible in a large part for bad mental health, that the perfect relationships often sung about and "everlasting love" do not, in fact, exist, and that we live in anger and frustration in disappointment, feeling short-changed, somehow.

Popular music has changed so much in the last twenty years or so and grown much darker and more sexual, just like the rest of entertainment in general. I used to believe that movies and popular culture were a reflection on our times, but now I know that they condition us and our behavior.


Tony said (November 27, 2009):

A great observation that needed said and you were obedient to the call.

The illuminnatis first target of hatred is the Lord himself so it seems his praise is being diverted to lesser objects such as sensual
love. Also the devil knows that we are created to praise God {as was he also originally} and when he fell that worship was perverted to
self worship {Isaiah 14v12-15,Ezekiel 28v13-19}

I have also sang 'Annie's song' as a praise hymn to Jesus as in Michaels comment, and there are many other songs that lend themselves
to higher expression. Good songs reflect our human experience and whether religious or not can be edifying. Leonard Cohens 'Hallelujah'
illustrates this subject and the lyrics are worth study.

The major content of its theme refers to Davids fall over his affair with Bathsheba which was an adulterous but human love.

The refrain 'Hallelujah' throughout the song supercedes everything else,it is the highest expression that we can attain to. Everything
else is subject to it,both in this song and in our lives as you have demonstrated.

It is also interesting that when the Prophet King David died Bathsheba was no comfort to him,showing the fickleness of human love
but it was his faith in God that sustained him. Were all going to die and were all going to do that alone and thats another good reason to
acquaint ourselves with our creator who is also our Saviour.{1 John 4v19,5v7}


Martin said (November 27, 2009):

After reading your article "Our Love Affair With God", I was reminded of 'something', which you might find of interest.
Seems that George Harrison after his awakening wrote his songs to God (Krishna). Though instead of singing 'he' he used the word 'she'.
His reasoning was that if he sung he, the people would think that he was a homosexual.
This quote is from Syamasundara Dasa who was George's Hare Krishna friend.

Picking up where we had last left off, in that roomful of rock-stars, promoters, and delirious fans, we huddled shut off from their puzzle and envy and yakked about the Absolute, who you knew to be a Person--yeah, yeah, and yeah, you said, and who am I to be telling you that Krishna is the Supreme Person, the All-Attractive Person--"attracts me like no other lover"--(later you said you had to say "she" or everyone would think you a "poof")--and who am I to say the way to God's heart is through love (you, minstrel of love to the world)? Ah, but you must meet my master, Bhaktivedanta Swami, I said that day. He's so wise and beautiful... (My Sweet George, A tribute to George Harrison from an old friend.)


Ironically Frank Sinatra considered George's Something to be the "the greatest love song ever written,"

Sinatra was particularly impressed with "Something;" calling it "the greatest love song ever written," he sang it hundreds of times at various concerts. However, he once made the comment that "Something" was his all-time favourite Lennon/McCartney song, and frequently introduced it as such.[21] Harrison did not appear to mind this, and instead borrowed an alteration to the lyric that Sinatra had made. Where the original song was "You stick around now it may show," Sinatra sang "You stick around, Jack, she might show." This change was adopted by Harrison, who used the same lyrics whenever he performed "Something" as part of his touring repertoire.[22] (WIKIPEDIA)


Thanks said (November 27, 2009):

Well Henry, one fine day I shall sort it out but here is what I heard.

Through the Moorish conquests in Spain, Sufi’s, those Muslim mystics, brought ecstatic God-directed love poems/songs to Europe. In the centuries thereafter, this ecstatic worship of God was changed into the worship of women.

By faithless troubadours roaming through Spain and (Southern) France. And this seems to be the reason why most pop songs -yet another couple of centuries later- are about our love for the other sex: women. This because men wrote and -still- write the bulk of the songs.

The Swedish playwright August Strindberg called the worship of women the religion of the heathen. Must be a correct observation. If God is out, then what’s the highest around (even if she is as human as we are)? Yep, that short-legged, broad-hipped, round-breasted creature our souls are so enamored by.


Michael said (November 27, 2009):

'By Jove, I thinks she's got it.' (From My Fair Lady)

I've been listing to songs this way for more than 30 years.

In terms of consciousness, it has to do with listening not with the consciousness of the "self" and the 'thinker'--that is, the dualistic
or 'fallen' consciousness--but, rather, with the "observing consciousness"; that is, the consciousness Created "by and in the
image of God" (Genesis 1:27)

See:

http://after-the-false-peace.blogspot.com/


John said (November 27, 2009):

Shortly after abandoning Hinduism, Buddhism, & all other religions to embrace Jesus, & only Jesus - about 5 years ago -

I had, & I still have, that same insight, & feeling,you are talking about here.

It seems to me, we are 'hard-wired' to love God (Jesus); Anything else is the sin of idolatry.

I am convinced that Jesus must be 1st in our lives, & then our spouses (partners), & then
the rest of our families, relatives, friends, acquaintances, etc.

Ever since then, life makes infinitely more sense to me.

The wonderful, remarkable thing is that
my relationship with Jesus is not one-sided.

It is a real two-way relationship, &
I feel, & I know, He loves me, too!

I feel that each & every one of us is
'hard-wired' to love Jesus, & that
only then does everything make sense.


God bless you, & all of your readers,


Neil said (November 27, 2009):

On your essay- Our love affair with God.

Wonderful, wonderful, The obvious so hidden!! It's crazy isn't it?
I am laughing...
I will have a silly grin on my face now everything time i listen to these songs!


Michael said (November 27, 2009):

thought this very interesting and so true an observation. I play guitar and write a little music, most of which has been melodies set to various Psalms and scripture. I have heard it taught that music is worship (of one thing or
another). By its nature often it expresses praise, adoration, desire etc. I learned to play because of John Denver's music, and even though I like to play something like "Leaving on a Jet Plane" and some of his love songs, there is a
longing and loneliness in them that perhaps is unconsciously a reach for what man is really missing most. But when I, in simple worship to the Lord, play and sing a psalm, many of which express praise and worship and love of God,
there is a depth of satisfaction, fulfillment. Very much this was one of the prime reasons we were made: to love God and worship Him...that being said, Song of Solomon has all that flowery poetry of human love, and one person I
know made a comparison of it to John Denver's "Annie's Song"...I have written a couple of "Christian romance" songs. One was for a niece's wedding. I think there is a place for them, but like anything they or the subject can be or
become an idol put before God and much of the worlds adulation expressed musically does this, and though not the case presently, I would love to have a special someone and sing one of those songs to her and have her enjoy it, and
since He created woman and men I think He would enjoy it as well.


Henry Makow received his Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 1982. He welcomes your comments at